19:56 GMT04 July 2020
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    The Syrian national army is the only force that can defeat ISIL in the war-torn country, said Ali Haidar, the Minister of State for Syrian National Reconciliation Affairs.

    Syria needs strong international support to preserve the integrity of the state, because only the Syrian national army can effectively defeat the unruly bands of Islamic militants, which includes ISIL, Haidar told Ilyas Umakhanov, the First Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Federation.

    This is why Syria needs to have a full support from the international community, Haidar said.

    Right now, the Syrian military is on a large-scale offensive against the rebel militants. Last week, the Syrian army took back 16 villages from Al-Nusra Front terrorists, killing up to 350 rebels in process.

    The al-Nusra Front is a branch of al-Qaeda operating in Syria and Lebanon. The group announced its formation in January 2012. It has been described as both one of the most aggressive and successful rebel forces in Syria.

    Syria has been in a state of a civil war since March 2011 with government forces fighting on multiple fronts against a so-called "moderate" opposition and numerous extremist groups, including Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIL.


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